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New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?
2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 22
Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy. ...

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars
12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 22
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help. ...

Former Ford digital exec Monty joins PR and social media firm
9:16 am U.S. ET | July 22
Scott Monty, Ford's former social media chief who left the automaker two months ago, is joining Shift Communications, a public relations and social media agency with offi ...

More power to the redesigned Mustang
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power. ...

Nick Scheele, former president and COO of Ford, dies at age 70
4:43 pm U.S. ET | July 18 | UPDATED: 7/20/14 12:23 pm ET - details added
Nick Scheele, an affable, globe-trotting troubleshooter and tough-nosed negotiator who served as president and COO of Ford, died Friday. He was 70. ...

ZF bucks trend in bid for TRW
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
In an era in which many suppliers are shedding noncore business lines, Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen AG is looking to bulk up by bidding for TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. ...

Is the maligned Mitsubishi Mirage a good value?
12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 7 | UPDATED: 7/10/14 11:49 am ET - corrects mpg
The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the strangest cars I have ever driven -- and it's one of the most polarizing new models of 2014 ...

Ford to replace 2.0-liter EcoBoost after just 4 years
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder -- offered in more than a dozen Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally -- begins easing out of production early next year with the launch of the r ...

Cadillac Elmiraj concept hits streets of Motown
5:38 pm U.S. ET | June 27 | UPDATED: 6/27/14 8:04 pm ET
The Cadillac Elmiraj concept, continuing a global tour that began in California last summer, made an appearance in metro Detroit late Friday, drawing admirers and sparkin ...

Ford to replace 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine after just 4 model years
6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24
In an unusual move, Ford is phasing out its current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine after just four model years. ...

Volt owners want more room, longer range
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Chevrolet Volt customers are telling General Motors they want three things in the next version of the range-extended electric car: a fifth seat, a longer electric driving ...

Z/28 could be a fixture in Camaro lineup
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
If the limited-production Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 continues selling at its current pace, it could earn a permanent place in Chevrolet's lineup, says Al Oppenheiser, Camaro ...

Look who's leading the small-car mileage race
3:42 pm U.S. ET | June 13
Here's an interesting little irony from Ford's embarrassing restatement of its fuel ratings for six vehicles: The new, low-price Mitsubishi Mirage just pulled ahead of th ...

With Sunday hours, there's no waiting to service cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
Going to Sunday service is not about church for customers of Vista BMW Pompano in suburban Miami. ...

Ford steering system needs fewer turns
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
A steering system that makes it easier for drivers to maneuver in parking lots will be offered next spring on a Ford vehicle, likely the next-generation Edge crossover. ...

New Mustang expected to gain 200-300 pounds, modifier says
4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 2
Ford has pledged to reduce the weight of its vehicles with each redesign. The next Mustang may fall short of that goal. ...

A flurry of activity in aluminum
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2
The auto industry's love affair with weight-saving aluminum is just warming up. In the pipeline is a growing list of vehicles with all-aluminum bodies or with more alumin ...

Bouncing back in 'a different world' of car sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2
Florida dealer George Nahas, the 2002 Time Quality Dealer Award winner, lost two General Motors franchises: Oldsmobile in 2004 and Saturn five years later. ...

New F-150 spied on road near Detroit
10:06 am U.S. ET | June 1
This 2015 Ford F-150 was seen driving undisguised in suburban Detroit on Sunday. The aluminum-bodied truck begins production later this summer. ...

New Ford steering system needs fewer turns
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29
Ford has a solution for drivers tired of cranking steering wheels to maneuver into tight parking spots. Now, to back into a space a driver needs to turn the steering whee ...

Jaguar releases teaser of its BMW 3-series rival
May 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar has released a teaser photo of its XE compact sedan ahead of European sales in 2015. U.S. deliveries will begin a year later. ...

Jag gives a peek at 3-series fighter
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
Jaguar's XE compact sports sedan is taking shape and is on schedule for a reveal in early October at the Paris auto show. ...

Electronics: What's lost is simplicity
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
Several industry executives spoke last week about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making the ...

Can 3-cylinder engines overcome their wimpy reputation?
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
Engineers have solved the technical problems that dogged the three-cylinder engine in the 1980s and early '90s. But even with turbochargers, it may take a while for the t ...

No decision on Elmiraj, but Welburn says reviews are great
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
Worldwide reaction to the Cadillac Elmiraj concept has been so far, so good. ...

Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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